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Expect a charge at senior night from Duin

Hannah Duin battles for a rebound in a game earlier this season.
5e4467dde3688Hannah Duin battles for a rebound in a game earlier this season.
Hannah Duin battles for a rebound in a game earlier this season.

For the second time this season, Hannah Duin will be part of a senior night celebration.

In the fall, Duin was one of 10 seniors on Broken Arrow High School’s softball team. Friday she will be one of just three seniors, and the only senior starter, recognized from the Lady Tiger basketball team.

“One of the things I like about her is she is a catcher,” said BA girls basketball coach Mike Dooney. “It takes a special kid to be a catcher.”

Dooney may be somewhat bias since, like Duin, he also was a high school catcher.

He then justified his character assessment of the girl who will play college softball at Neosho County (Mo.) Community College.

“She’s very coachable,” Dooney said. “From day one of when I got here she was willing to do the things asked of her.”

Even if, at times, that message took an entire team workout session.

“Last year we had a whole practice of taking a charge,” Duin recalled. “I didn’t want that again. I was like, ‘you know what, I’m going to start taking charges from now on. I’ve tried to take at least one every game since then. Whether it’s been called or not I’ve had at least one or two every game.”

Duin, an undersized 5-foot, 9-inch post player, approaches her basketball position with a catcher’s mentality. Officially, she has drawn 13 chargers. Unofficially, Dooney claims she steps in to get two or three charging fouls a game. Most of which are either called a blocking foul against her or not called at all. Obviously, Duin’s toughness has not gone unnoticed.

“It takes being a great teammate to be willing to step in and take a charge,” Dooney said. “Only kids that care about their teammates will actually take a charge, because man, it hurts. If you do it multiple times a game you’ll probably be black and blue. And Hannah has been black and blue all season because she does it every game.”

The passion for the game and her teammates is obvious when discussing Duin’s unselfish play on the court.

“Every time that I can just see someone run straight with their head down and just straight through me it gets a little nerve racking,” Duin said. “But then I’m like, ‘it’s for the team’ and I just take it. Sacrifice, I guess.”

As a senior, that’s the lasting impression she wants to leave on the underclassmen.

“I just want them to think of me as the person who would sacrifice and do anything for their team,” she said. “Caring. Nice. I try to be close to everybody and help out everybody. I don’t just want to focus on one person, because I think everybody deserves the attention.”

Dooney recognizes the attention and respect Duin’s teammates afford her.

“The fact that other kids gravitate to her… I wish she would lead a little bit more,” the coach said. “They want to hear what she has to say. If she says anything, they want to listen.”

Other seniors to be recognized Friday are girls players April Duff and Faith Zackery, boys players Adrian Perez and Caleb Stika, and managers Karissa Earnhardt and Beau Ragsdale.